TWA #49 – Grains in an Hourglass

“The Damned Spot on Black Cat Lane” by Danny Brophy


“Red Sands” by Logan Noble


TWA 49 GrainsGreetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s prompt.

The subject of our prompt is everywhere. It is a testament to the passage of time, literally and figuratively. It exists where the world is nothing but water, and it is in abundance where water is nowhere to be found.

The prompt this week…is sand.

There are a myriad of directions our authors can go with this prompt, sand as a timer in an hourglass, sand as an irritant on sandpaper, sand as a symbol of the desert, sand as a piece of paradise on a beach. It is at once soft and hard, irritating and soothing, and it is impossible to clean up.

We told our authors that they could go wherever they wanted to with this prompt, but that the arena wants to see sand in a new light, or have a very long hard think about sand, once we’re done with their story.

Who will grate against the judges’ skin and who will polish them smooth?

Let’s find out!

Representing the arena this week is Danny Brophy with “The Damned Spot on Black Cat Lane.”

Battling him is Logan Noble with “Red Sands.”

The Struggle of Sand has begun!

We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.

And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).

photo credit: Bug in the sand and tracks via photopin (license)

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  1. This is the first battle in a while that I’m not sure how I should vote. I thought both stories were really strong in spite of a few flaws. The caliber of talent we see here on the Arena is just incredible.

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